December 22, 2021 Alan Royle 1

  ROXIE HART (1942)            Ginger Rogers as Roxie In order to placate the Hays Commission code, it was necessary to change the storyline for this picture about two murderesses who were called Roxie Hart and Velma Wall here. The tale had its basis on two real life killers whose murder […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT50.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT50.

June 28, 2021 Alan Royle 4

EDWARD G. ROBINSON (1893-1973)                                                                                                                 Eddie was born in Romania to Jewish parents who raised him in the Lower East Side of New York City after immigrating to the United States in 1904. After starring in Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939), he joined numerous groups such as […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT39.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT39.

January 13, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  DAVID NIVEN (1910-83) David Niven’s father died in action at Gallipoli, Turkey, at the age of 38, in 1915, during the First World War. He was listed as ‘missing’ until 1917. Young David would claim to have been born in Kirriemuir, Scotland, simply because he thought it sounded more […]


September 20, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  JANE RUSSELL:   Jane in The Outlaw (1943) ‘Howard Hughes invented a bra for me. Or, he tried to. And one of the seamless ones like they have now. He was way ahead of his time. But I never wore it in The Outlaw (1943). And he never knew. He wasn’t […]


August 6, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    Maria Riva 1951 – daughter of Marlene Dietrich Paramount’s 1948 production The Emperor Waltz starred Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine. The story was set in the Alps, but the film was shot in Canada at Jasper National Park. Director Billy Wilder, ever the perfectionist, was not happy with […]

THE PLAYBOYS – PT1. Greg Bautzer

May 11, 2019 Alan Royle 2

               Greg Bautzer & Lana Turner There has never been a shortage of playboys in Hollywood, especially during the studio system’s heyday. I thought it might be of interest to take a close look at some of these gentlemen as they cut a swathe […]


April 11, 2019 Alan Royle 4

  Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)                                                                                 […]


December 16, 2018 Alan Royle 4

  Marion Davies Marion Davies acquired a reputation for showing kindness to actors down on their luck. She was always writing cheques to help out struggling careers and to rejuvenate many. ‘You’re rich’, she said many times, ‘not because of money, but only through what you give.’ She also built […]

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August 8, 2018 Alan Royle 4

      Katz’s today                                                                     Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally…          […]

More Thirties Movies Trivia – PT5.

February 11, 2018 Alan Royle 4

               Flynn in The Charge of the Light Brigade                  Michael Curtiz                                          Lili Damita Errol Flynn and Hungarian-born director Michael […]